Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat has expressed his discontent with the refereeing standards in his team's 2-2 draw against Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League on Wednesday.
Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh scored in the second half to salvage a point for the Blues after going two down earlier in the game.
A number of contentious decisions were made by the referee throughout the game. There were a huge number of fouls conceded by both teams and Cuadrat was not impressed.
Speaking to Goal, he said, "We know that they are physical. It was not happening in the first half. The referee has to protect the game. When there are some risky situations, you don’t understand. Serran was given a yellow, Sunil was almost killed in a tackle and there was nothing."
He continued, "Xisco still carried a knock from the Mumbai game. I think the referee should protect the game more. I don’t think the country will like it if Chhetri is injured. Kerala were doing the logical thing. Nothing wrong with that. They were wasting time when they were ahead, which is normal. But I don’t know why the referee didn’t allow us to take the corner in the end.”
On being asked about how he managed the game against Blasters, Cuadrat stated, "We are working. It has been a season where a lot of things are happening. Xisco (Hernandez) and Rahu (Bheke)l have not been training due to different circumstances. We were playing at home and we thought we could take a few risks. We thought we could put Kean (Lewis) at right back and see what happens. But he was getting a lot of problems so we had to change at half-time. These things happen. If you don’t try, you won’t know.”